A screen grab of the Tang Teaching Museum's new homepage.
Tang Teaching Museum Launches New Website
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has launched a new, robust website that features immersive images, clear navigation, and a versatile design to bring new attention to the exhibitions, events, and educational programming that make the Tang a leader in the museum world.
The website is tang.skidmore.edu.
"Our new website offers visitors a much richer online experience, whether they're quickly checking our hours or plunging into our trove of digital images and videos," said Dayton Director Ian Berry. "The Tang staff and our design partners, Linked by Air, have created something truly unique, a site that extends the Tang's mission to a global audience through a deep archive of the great work we do every day at the Tang."
In addition to providing details of current, past, and upcoming exhibitions and events, the new website tailors information for college students, faculty, K-12 teachers and students, and libraries in an extensive Education section at https://tang.skidmore.edu/education. Also, in a dynamic, interactive feature, those interested in museum work can visit the Staff page at https://tang.skidmore.edu/about/staff, hovering over staff members’ job titles, and read about the responsibilities for that position.
"The Tang’s new website is a dynamic and living environment, like the Tang itself," said Dan Michaelson, partner at the New York City design firm Linked by Air. "It’s very focused on people — users, students, staff, artists. But one of my favorite features is the pattern in the background, which always corresponds to the current wind speed and direction at the Tang, as well as the number of webpages viewed on the site by everyone so far each day. The pattern is always changing and growing throughout each day, a great metaphor for the Tang as an intellectual crossroads."
Other new features of note include an easy-to-use events calendar, a growing Collections showcase, a Press & News section, and a Publications section that features Tang's exhibition catalogs, which also continue the Tang's mission beyond the walls of the museum.
About Linked by Air
The new website is designed and developed by New York City-based graphic design studio Linked by Air (www.linkedbyair.net). The studio specializes in the production of public spaces and other networked structures, both online and in the world. The site is an application of the highly agile and fun-to-use content management system, Economy, based on the open-source framework Ruby on Rails.
About the Tang Teaching Museum
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York's Capital Region, the institution's approach has become a model for university art museums across the country. The Tang Teaching Museum's building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The Museum is open from noon to 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours until 9 pm on Thursdays during Skidmore's academic year and until 7 pm on Fridays during the summer. More information is available at our brand-new website at http://tang.skidmore.edu.